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Ensuring that all development is sustainable


We support property developers, architects, planning consultants, insurance providers, lawyers, local authorities and infrastructure owners in managing the impact of future risks to the environment, specifically climate change, on existing land and water.

Latest blog posts


Sewers for Adoption: SuDS at the heart of new development

Water UK has just released the 8th edition of Sewers for Adoption, providing clearer guidance for developers on what SuDS can be adopted. Its publication marks a significant moment in the history of SuDS and could lead to a far wider acceptance of their role in surface flood risk management. In the first of a two part blog, we examine the guidance in detail and what this means for developers.

NPPF Revision: Better designed homes, more sustainable impact

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been revised by the government. It is designed to give Councils the authority to challenge poor quality and unattractive development. They seek to get homes built in the right places in a way that is more sustainable to the environment.

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Welcome to our September e-newsletter


Upcoming Webinars

An introduction to FRAs for property professionals
CPD Webinar (free)
26 September

Understanding Groundwater Flood Risk
CPD Webinar (free)
10 October

Understanding SuDS
CPD Webinar (free)
24 October

Revised National Planning Policy Framework

Earlier this year the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was revised and subsequently published as an update. GeoSmart’s reports have been updated to incorporate the changes.

See our blog post on the revisions.

GeoSmart extends Groundwater Flood Forecast Service to Flood Forecasting Centre for 3 more years

GeoSmart has announced that it has agreed a new contract to provide the Flood Forecasting Centre with groundwater flood risk alerts through to Winter 2020/2021. The Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC), a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office, has been working with GeoSmart on a pilot daily groundwater flood forecasting service for the last three winters.

Read the full blog post on the extension


Flood and Contaminated Land Expo

As part of our training and development, on the 12th and 13th September our report writing team attended the Flood and Contaminated Land Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. Over the course of the 2 days, the team attended various talks on Contaminated Land, Sustainable Drainage and Flooding. 

Site Case Study of the month - September

The report writing team were tasked with writing seven FloodSmart Pro reports for Sites in Cardiff. Using Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Modelled Flood, Breach and Blockage data for the River Taff and NRW’s Flood Maps, the Flood Consequences Assessment sufficiently dealt with the flood risks acknowledged with each Site. Advanced GIS analysis was performed on the NRW data for the reports.

More detail will be included in an upcoming blog post.

EnviroSmart Pro report update

Our EnviroSmart Pro product has been updated to include more in-depth review of planning records, previous site investigations and other local authority documents. Where necessary an outline scope for any Phase 2 work will be included. This provides the perfect solution to those contentious or complex sites on which the planning authority will require additional justification and background.

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